This week, Girls Write Now’s designers, dancers, animators and more inspire us for a new program year of original multimedia work.
Raquel Almazan is an interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, devising and dramaturgy. Almazan’s work has been featured in New York City including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within the Latin is America play cycle. Almazan currently teaches playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College. Raquel is also the Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts which collaborates with organizations, social movements and impacted individuals towards providing a platform for marginalized and abandoned narratives and people.
Hannah Bae is a Korean-American freelance journalist, writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. During Girls Write Now’s special Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Community Chat, Hannah Bae discussed the importance of bringing joy, rest and delight into your creative practice, looking into her own process as a food writer and illustrator. Hannah talked about her career path as a journalist and nonfiction writer and how she has incorporated her love of Korean food into her creative work. She guided participants through short writing prompts and a discussion on how to feed their sense of joy.
Djassi DaCosta Johnson
Djassi DaCosta Johnson is a native New Yorker, classically trained modern dancer, choreographer, photographer, filmmaker, designer, writer, Doula and Womb Healer. Ms. DaCosta Johnson has taken photos and published writings throughout her touring career and time living abroad as a dancer & choreographer, in both Brazil and then Italy for 7 years, working on film & television. Her storytelling, whether through movement, words, images or film sprouts from her dance roots in NYC, her passion for, and the intricate art of reaching people’s intellect and heart through the moving body.
Anne Beal is an animation director, multimedia filmmaker and sound artist. In her work she explores the concepts of Play, female empowerment and mental health using experimental animation and sound. She often works in watercolors and acrylics, painting on paper and in books. In her teaching practice, she encourages students to develop their voice using experimentation. Anne believes jumping into new mediums and software courageously, learning to mute one’s inner editor, and focusing on problem-solving, are wonderful ways to learn.
Momo Pixel, a multidisciplinary artist, video game designer, freelance art director, musician and the creator of Hair Nah, leads social change, education and entertainment through digital game creation. Momo has taught the first three phases of game development including ideation, pre-production and production. She developed “Momoland,” an experiential pixel-art exhibition that merges art, music, anime and technology together.
Who do you want to create with this fall?
Coming soon—cutting-edge Workshops, Salons, Chats and more—exploring issues across genres and media that meet the moment and speak to our community. Any creators you’d love to work with as teaching artists this year at Girls Write Now?